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March 26, 2017 7:59 PM Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other

WASHINGTON - The first cocktail party at Barack Obama's new office last month was certainly more casual than any he had hosted in recent years. The wine bore a random assortment of labels, as if assembled potluck-style. The self-serve appetizers were set out in the narrow hallway. The host, tieless, eschewed formal remarks, as a few dozen of his old administration 14

March 26, 2017 9:59 AM Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights and Israel ties

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians. It was not immediately clear 16

March 25, 2017 7:44 PM Republicans wonder whether Trump's heart was in healthcare fight

White House officials have insisted that Trump wanted the win, but some in his party say that in the run up to the vote, his mind seemed to be elsewhere. While President Donald Trump’s first major legislative push hurtled toward a major defeat, one of his top advisers, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, was photographed with his wife, Ivanka Trump, on a ski gondola 14

March 25, 2017 10:58 AM Dubai Airport Implements U.S. Electronics Ban

Airport is world’s busiest for international traffic; ‘disruptive and operationally challenging’ DUBAI—Dubai’s airport, the world’s busiest for international traffic, implemented rules banning most carry-on electronics on flights to the U.S., affecting thousands of passengers flying direct to cities across the country. Citing worries over terrorism 6

March 24, 2017 8:40 PM Virginia Judge Tees Up Travel Ban Argument for Top Court

A Virginia judge helped tee up an argument likely to be fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria on Friday denied a request to block Trump’s March 6 executive order, saying he’s not going to psychoanalyze 22

March 24, 2017 8:27 PM Tunisia summons British ambassador over airline electronics rules

TUNIS Tunisia's government has summoned the British ambassador to protest against a decision to restrict carry-on electronic goods on flights from Tunisia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Britain has announced that from Saturday it will ban passengers from carrying some phones, laptops and tablets on flights from six countries in the Middle East including 13

March 24, 2017 8:15 PM Virginia federal judge rules in favor of Trump's travel ban

Unlike federal judges before him, a judge in Virginia on Friday ruled in favor of President Trump’s revised travel ban in a case brought by Muslims who said the president’s executive order illegally discriminated against their religion by restricting travel from six majority-Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District 13

March 24, 2017 3:47 PM Toronto school board bars US trips amid travel ban uncertainty

Toronto schools will no longer allow student or staff trips to the U.S. due to uncertainty over whether everyone will be allowed to enter in the wake of President Trump's travel ban. In a statement released Thursday, John Mallow, direct of education for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), said that already-approved trips to the U.S. would still 20

March 24, 2017 11:15 AM Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

An MP who beat an airline employee repeatedly with a slipper has been banned on five major Indian airlines. Ravindra Gaikwad said he "hit him 25 times with my sandal" for "arrogance" after failing to get a business class seat on an Air India flight. Air India, which filed a complaint on Thursday, said Mr Gaikwad was banned on all flights operated by the Federation 17

March 23, 2017 8:28 PM Arda Turan's agent denies contact with Arsenal; client happy at Barcelona

The agent of Barcelona's Arda Turan has denied receiving an offer or enquiry from Arsenal regarding his client. The Times on Thursday reported that Arsenal are plotting a £25 million move for the attacking midfielder, with the former Atletico Madrid man tipped as a replacement for Mesut Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of next season 16